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Thanks to WWII Columbia produced its first paper driver's license in 1945. Brass tags, like the one pictured, were issued prior to paper. During the war metal was in short supply and the South Carolina Highway Department's request for 8,300 lbs of brass was denied by the War Production board. Although there was a shortage of paper it was considered a less critical resource.

This tag belonged to 14 year old Sarah Hodges who parked her car at 3419 Duncan Street. She carefully placed the tag in her scrapbook along with other Columbia WWII era memorbilia. Unfortunately Sarah's keepsakes ended up discarded on the side of a road. Thanks to a caring and observant library customer her scrapbook was saved and brought to the Walker Local and Family History Center where we use it to share and remember Columbia's past.